Protect yourself and those around you - get your flu vaccine
Seasonal flu can be one of the most debilitating illnesses of the autumn-winter season but there is a way to lessen the risk – by getting a flu vaccine now.
The NICS is supporting colleagues who are not entitled to receive a free flu vaccine from their GP or other healthcare provider.
You will be given time off to get the vaccine from your local pharmacy and the NICS will reimburse costs up to £20 on presentation of a receipt.
Each year the flu vaccine protects against the most common strains of flu.
Even if you are feeling healthy now, getting the flu vaccine means you will protect yourself and will reduce the risk of you passing flu onto those close to you.
Getting vaccinated will also reduce pressure on Health and Social Care services this winter.
This is anything but an average year. Emerging evidence suggests that individuals infected with both flu and COVID-19 may experience a more serious illness, compared to those with COVID-19 alone.
When should I get the vaccine?
It takes two to three weeks for the flu vaccine to work and demand is likely to be much higher this year, so you should get the vaccine as soon as possible.
It’s important to check with your chosen pharmacy in advance as they may have new systems in place due to COVID-19 and you may need to pre-book an appointment.
How to claim back the cost of your flu vaccine
Each department has its own process for staff who wish to claim back the cost – find out the process for your department.
Find out more
If you have any questions about the Flu Vaccination Reimbursement Scheme please contact NICSHR at email@example.com.
Other support available
The flu vaccination scheme is one of the ways in which the NICS supports and helps colleagues to stay well. To find out more about the ongoing support available for civil servants please visit the Health & Wellbeing Section in the COVID-19 Staff Information hub. This includes links to Welfare Support Services who continue to be a first port of call for any colleagues seeking additional support at this difficult time.